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Kids & Teens Short Film Festival

Film Festival

Calling all book nerds! If you’ve ever said, “The book was better,” about a movie, then this contest is for you. This short film festival is actually all about books! You have two minutes to summarize the plot of your favorite children’s or YA book any way you like. You can use real people as actors, use stop-motion techniques, or use screen capture to film a movie on a computer screen.

To enter you must be a K–12 student, but feel free to enlist the help of adults. You can do it all by yourself or as a team. Check the links below for a few great examples! By the way, if you choose a Newbery Award winning book, you can enter your film next year in the national 90-second Newbery contest.

Example video links:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Holes by Louis Sachar

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Here’s the rules:

  • Your film should be about two minutes (if it’s three minutes but absolute genius, we’ll bend the rules for you, but try to keep them short).
  • We’re not looking for book trailers, video book reports, or someone telling us about the book into the camera. We want full-on MOVIE DRAMATIZATIONS, with mostly kid and teen actors, that tell the whole story of a book in two minutes. Your film should not end with a narrator saying something like, “To find out what happens, just read the book.” Give us the entire story—abbreviated and dramatized.
  • Upload your videos to YouTube or another site of your choice and submit the link to your movie by clicking below.


Submissions will be accepted February 1 through March 31, 2020, and we’ll show the movies at a special screening Friday, April 10 at 11:00am. Prizes will be given out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

1st place — $50 gift card to Wonderland Cinema
2nd place — $30 gift card to Wonderland Cinema
3rd place — $20 gift card to Wonderland Cinema

Questions? Call us at 269.695.3681 or email m.paulette@buchananlibrary.com.
Good luck and happy filming!